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Environmentally-Conscious PSC Students Recognised

 

Portland Secondary College’s senior student leadership team has been recognised for their avid community projects in the 2016 ResourceSmart School Awards.

The team is one of four groups across Victoria to have been short listed for the student-led action team of the year, one of 16 categories in this year’s awards.Team member Margy Doherty, 18, said she was proud of the group’s student-led projects in the community."A lot of us love Portland and the coast," 

 

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Enviro conscious PSC students recognised

 

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Artist Challenges Public Perception

With dyslexia remaining an often confusing and complex subject, one young Portland artist has taken on the challenge of spreading awareness and comprehension with a new exhibition that opened on Saturday.Portland Secondary College student Morgan Ross, 18, recently completed ‘Dyslexia’, a six-piece exhibition tackling the reading disorder, with the event launching on Saturday at the Percy Imagination and Learning Centre and remaining on display indefinitely over the coming weeks.

Dyslexia is characterised most commonly by difficulty reading and interpreting text, with its appearance often coinciding with both genetic and environmental factors. After being diagnosed with dyslexia in grade two, Morgan said the discovery had a persistently profound impact on her life.“I first got the idea for the exhibition as a part of a school project,” Morgan said.“We had to work on something that was about raising awareness for something within the community, and I thought dyslexia was a great choice because it’s something a lot of people don’t understand and it’s something very close and personal to me. Read Morgan's full story by clicking on the link below.

Artist Challenges Public Perception

 

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Young Leaders spend time with Young Professionals

 

Under the backdrop of Portland Aluminium, a group of Portland’s current professionals met with the next generation for a hands-on workshop about life.Six members of the Portland Young Professionals Network (YPN) spent the morning with the Future Leaders of Industry (FLOI), where they undertook a series of engaging activities, all while encouraging the participants to consider their own career paths and to identify opportunities for skills development and networking.The YPN also shared their own personal experiences with the students, which cover a range different career paths, professions, trades and qualifications.YPN member Phoebe Nagorcka-Smith said the workshop covered a number of topics, including skills and education, networking and job applications."As a group we spoke about why it is important to attract and attain professionals in Portland," Ms Nagorcka-Smith said."We also highlighted the importance of developing enterprising skills that are transferable in the workplace, such as leadership and networking, and how they are important in the community."Ms Nagorcka-Smith said the YPN are always looking to connect with other groups in the community, as should the FLOI cohort.It was fitting the two groups met at Portland Aluminium, as they have been a major sponsor of the FLOI program for the past 11 years.The students were also fortunate to have Peter Chellis, Portland Aluminium plant manager, spend some time with them discussing smelter production, roles and responsibilities, leadership as well as sharing his experiences regarding his own career path."I am passionate about education and providing opportunities where we can," Mr Chellis said."Today was simply about sharing information and knowledge about the business and giving some insight into the careers on offer here at Portland Aluminium as well as just being there to answer any questions that the students have – nothing was off limits, it was great to be able to have the one on one time set aside."The FLOI participants also spent time developing their public speaking skills in preparation for their upcoming speeches at the graduation ceremony in September.This afternoon workshop provided the students with a good foundation for the next program event, being the presentation skills workshops at Deakin UNiversity in August.

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Students Revel in National Comp

 

Three Portland Secondary College students are on cloud nine after receiving top honours in two separate Australian competitions in history and geography.Year 9 student Maddy Barras, 14, and year 8 students Emily Kindred and Tom Drew, both 13, all received high distinctions for their work, putting them in the top echelon across Australia.Writing in her first National History Challenge, Emily was blown away with her result after four solid weeks of work."The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Triumph and tragedy’," Maddy said."So I used an assessment task for my history elective with Mr Harris and moulded it into my final piece, a 3000 word essay on the Gallipoli conflict."Maddy said she has a strong interest in history, particularly major conflicts.Teacher Andy Harris was full of praise for Maddy, noting that she picked up on several advanced techniques."I’m very proud of Maddy," Mr Harris said."She was using university standard citations and referencing, and was very receptive to ideas and tips."For Tom and Emily, their result in the Australian Geography competition was the result of several weeks of dedication.Both students earned more than 20 marks out of 30, putting them in the top category of entrants."I’m very curious about the world; I love reading maps," Tom said."I’ve spent a lot of time travelling with mum, which means a lot of map reading, and you get to see a lot of the world this way," Emily added.Mr Harris said he was very proud of the entire group of students."This year is the most successful group of late, with 40 students entering the competition."Three students received a HD, while 13 received above average results.

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Young Achiever gets a head start at Uni

 

Portland Secondary College alumnus Jake Edwards started his Bachelor of Commerce this year, but the high achiever was no stranger to university life.Mr Edwards got to experience campus life while still in high school as part of the University of Melbourne’s Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program. "It was a great way to meet with other students across Victoria and take advantage of some of the resources at the University of Melbourne," Mr Edwards said."I feel so much more connected and confident heading into tertiary study having experienced aspects of university life already."It means I can spend more time focusing on my studies."The easy transition into tertiary studies now means Mr Edwards can focus on completing his commerce degree and then a Master in Engineering.Year 11 and 12 students selected to participate are invited to events at the university and have access to academics, library resources and opportunities to develop their leadership skills."During year 12 I was able to go to revision lectures, which was very helpful during my exams," Mr Edwards added.Professor Susan Elliott, Deputy Provost at the University of Melbourne, said since the program’s inception in 2007, more than 7000 young scholars have been through the program, including many students from regional Victoria."It brings together students from across Victoria, creating opportunities for them to meet and connect with like-minds," Prof Elliott said."It’s designed for high-achieving students and aims to be an academically enriching experience for them which alerts them to the opportunities provided by a university education."The students take part in events both at our Parkville campus and throughout regional Victoria, so there are opportunities for a diverse range of students to get involved."Students in year 10 can apply from August at futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/kld

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